WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Sunday 29 September 2019: Proper 21

10 am Sacrament of Holy Communion at St Stephen’s

11:15am Morning Worship at the Old High

Service led by Rev Andrew Lyon

NEWS FROM OUR CONGREGATION – contact details from the Church Administrator

A WARM WELCOME TO OUR PASTORAL ASSISTANT, REV ARTHUR SINCLAIR, who is leading our services today.

MINISTER’S HOLIDAYS Peter is be on holiday until Friday 27 September 2019. For any pastoral matters, please contact your elder or the Rev Arthur Sinclair.

PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY there is a further invitation to come together in the choir area for a quiet moment after morning service at St Stephen’s every second week through till the end of October (29 September and 13 and 27 October). Andrew Stevenson.

OLD HIGH CHURCH REDEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION PROJECT We hope to have an exhibition on this ready for display at the Old High in the next week or two- watch this space!

OLD HIGH CHURCH OPENING The Summer Opening programme will end on 30 September. Sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the rota and those who prayed for our visitors and volunteers. We have had visitors from around the world and have a flourishing prayer tree. Feedback from our guests has been very positive and many share stories about their home church. During the month of October the church will be open 10am-12pm on Thursdays and 10am-12pm and 2-4pm on Fridays. It is not too late to become a Volunteer. For more information please contact Sheila MacLeod

CRAFT EVENING St Stephen’s Hall 7.30–9pm, Wednesday 25 September. Crafters and non-crafters welcome (you may wish to learn a craft). Friendly atmosphere and refreshments provided Susan MacLeod.

MEET & EAT  lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday 26 September at the Craigmonie Hotel. All welcome. Contact Val Cantlay.

OHSS Autumn Walk and Cuppa on 29 September at Reelig Glen, Moniack. Meet 1.30 pm in St Stephen’s Car Park, or 2pm Reelig Forest Walks car park. Approximately 1 hour walk with slight climb and some uneven ground, through a picturesque glen. Then refreshments at Ruth and Stuart Mackenzie’s, at 3.30pm with stroll around the garden if desired. Please contact Deborah Macrae if you need a lift or more information.

HARVEST FUN WEEKEND On Saturday 5 October there will be a Fun Afternoon from 2-4pm at St Stephen’s for all the family with home baking / produce on sale, tea/ coffee and cake, crafts, and children’s activities. Congregation members are asked to contribute home baking, garden produce, jams, pickles and chutneys- any spare harvest from your larder will be willingly accepted! On the following day, Sunday 6 October at 10am there will be an All-Age Service to celebrate harvest when food will be gathered for Highland FoodBank.

During the week before, everyone can donate food for Highland FoodBank. Hall users can bring in food any day that week, and the Church will be open on Thursday and Friday from 10am -12 noon for donations from the community. All long life food will be welcomed. Details from Joan Darcy.

The Old High Church will be open for harvest donations on Saturday 5 October from 9.30pm to 12 noon. Donations of flowers and pot plants would be welcome and will be distributed to the ill and housebound after the service on Sunday 6 October. Donations for the Highland Foodbank can also be dropped off on the Saturday. Details from Sally McCubbin.

Friends of the Old High Church join us on 11 October at 7.30pm in the Old High Church Hall for an evening with the Very Rev Doctor Susan Brown – my year as Moderator of the Church of Scotland in word, picture and slides. Tickets £10 (includes cheese & wine) from Christina Cameron.

OLD HIGH MUSIC Saturday 12 October at 12 noon. A piano recital by Tonya Clement playing Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, after which she will accompany Liz McLardy (soprano) in songs by Schumann, Bernstein and Barber. Full programme details available by contacting ohssmusic<at>gmail.com and online soon at www.oldhighststephens.com/category/music/

CHURCH LIBRARIES We have collections of books at both the Old High Church and at St Stephen’s which are no longer in currents use, as far as we know. However, we think that some of the older books may be valuable, and we are considering selling them. However, it may be that you are interested in religious books and would like to have some. Please contact Pat MacLeod, our Church Administrator, invernesschurch<at>gmail.com if you would like to have a look.

OTHER NEWS

SAYING GOODBYE SERVICE 25 September at 7pm in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness. Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by loss, whether recently or 80 years ago, or anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children: all are welcome. Babies and children also, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all. Emilie de Bruijn, The Mariposa Trust.

ANNUAL YOUTH ATTITUDES SURVEY A survey to try to understand better the needs and views of young people in the Church of Scotland. We want to see the big picture to enable local congregations, presbyteries and the national church to help them shape how we nurture and care for the young people in our church over the next few years. Survey will be open to all 11-30 years olds in August and September. Please encourage 11-30 year olds connected to your congregation to complete the survey before 30 September at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YouthAttitude The first 250 people to complete the survey who request one will receive a complimentary copy of the Church of Scotland Youth Guide to Ethical Living. Suzi Farrant.